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Top LeT Commander Usman Involved In Bandipora Killings Among Dead: IGP

Srinagar: The two-day long encounter between terrorists and the joint team of police, CRPF and army in the orchards of Kreeri Baramulla ended on Tuesday, Three terrorists including two top Lashker-e-Toiba commanders were killed two army soldiers two CRPF men and one SPO Martyred.

Having been suspended on Monday night, the firefight resumed at first light today, leading to the killing of the hiding terrorist , Usman of Pakistan.

Also, one among the two soldiers succumbed to the injuries, taking the fatality toll of soldiers in the gunfight to two.

“Two soldiers who were critically injured succumbed to their injuries,” defense ministry spokesman Lt. Col Rajesh Kalai told to media two AK rifles and three Pistols were recovered from the encounter site.

“Conspirator Sajjad alias Haider and one foreign militant Usman of BJP leader Late Waseem Bari, his father and brother have been killed,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar told to media.

“Haider was also instrumental in recruiting youth into terrorists folds and was involved in several attacks on Police, security forces, civilians and political workers,” he said. The search operation in the area is in process, the official said
The encounter had ensued after a joint team of Police, CRPF and army launched a cordon-and-search-operation following the attack in the morning in which two CRPF men and an SPO were killed.

“At about 0915hrs on Monday, terrorists fired indiscriminately upon a joint naka party of Police and security forces from nearby orchards at Nawan mode Kreeri area of Baramulla,” a police spokesperson said. In the terrorists attack, he said, two CRPF personnel of 119 battalion and a police personnel(SPO) sustained grievous gunshot injuries. “The injured were evacuated to nearby hospital for the treatment of their injuries.

However, all the three injured personnel succumbed to their injuries”. They were identified as SPO Muzaffar Ali of District Police Baramulla, Constables Lokesh Sharma and Khurshid Khan of 119 bn of CRPF.

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